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The Farm: Angola, USA (1998)

Documentary depicting day to day life in Angola Prison mostly from an inmate's perspective. Interviews are with several inmates including one with a life sentence who is about to die.

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Documentary depicting day to day life in Angola Prison mostly from an inmate's perspective. Interviews are with several inmates including one with a life sentence who is about to die.

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Enter the gateway to hell and meet the men who call it home.

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17 January 1998 (USA)  »

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Investigative Reports: The Farm - Life Inside Angola Prison  »

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Eugene 'Bishop' Tannehill was finally released from prison in August 2007 after then-Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco commuted his life sentence. See more »

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Followed by The Farm: 10 Down (2009) See more »

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Perfect evocation of what it is to be a "lifer."
23 August 1999 | by (Arcadia, California) – See all my reviews

This film should be required viewing for all high school students. It is a documentary featuring 6 inmates at the notorious prison in Angola, Louisiana. The strong implication is that the only way to be released from a lifer's existence at Angola is to die. The interviewing is very skillful, and reveals a great deal of the personalities of the six men. The sham of a "parole hearing" for one of the men is especially shocking and depressing. It would be hard for a thinking personal to see this film, and not reconsider America's hardened stance that no criminals deserve a second chance. It is a classic!


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